For many tourists, traveling to Europe is scary because of the costs. Even though very popular, a city break to Rome can sound intimidating especially if you are traveling on a shoestring.
However, with some careful planning, you can easily organize a trip without breaking the bank. You can find affordable eateries, plenty of free or cheap things to do and for sure a great choice of budget hotels in Rome.
In our guide to the best budget hotels in Rome, we strive to make things as easy as possible by dividing our findings by neighborhood and then by specifying the main landmarks the hotel is close to.
There are many great neighborhoods to book your hotel in Rome, but depending on your travel needs, you might prefer staying in the city center rather than near the Vatican, or within the romantic Aventine Hill alleys.
Budget means smart, and here we give you our tips for finding the best-value accommodation in Rome for your travel needs. In this article, you are NOT going to find hostels or very low-cost accommodation in Rome.
We reviewed the best-value hotels in the city with affordable rates but without giving up on upscale services and comforts as well as without getting too far from the central landmarks. If you are looking for under 100 euros rooms, check out our review of cheaper hotels in Rome.
READ MORE: If you prefer a homestay for your vacation instead, read our reviews of Rome apartments.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Budget Hotels in Rome’s Centro Storico
- 2 Best budget hotels near Rome’s Termini Station
- 3 Best budget hotels near the Vatican
- 4 Budget hotels in Rome near Fontana di Trevi (Piazza Venezia/Trevi Fountain)
- 5 Best Rome budget hotels in the Prati area
- 6 Top budget hotels in Rome’s Aventine Hill
- 7 Best budget hotels in Rome in the Monti/Celio neighborhoods
- 8 Great Rome budget hotels in Trastevere
- 9 Best budget hotels in Rome’s Testaccio and Ostiense neighborhoods
Best Budget Hotels in Rome’s Centro Storico
Located 5 minutes from Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, Relais Giulia Bed & Breakfast treats its guests with traditional and elegant décor and the most modern comforts that make it one of the favorite budget hotels in Rome.
All soundproof rooms feature free WiFi, air-conditioning/heating, LCD flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The suite includes also a hydro-massage bathtub.
The daily breakfast is served always with fresh and seasonal ingredients picked from local producers and you can start your day with fruits, croissants, cakes, bread, jams, eggs, milk, coffee, tea, or juice.
In this B&B, along with the Italian, they speak English, French, and Spanish. This is a great location to reach all the main Rome attractions such as Fontana di Trevi, the Coliseum, the Imperial Forums, and the Vatican.
Located in the exclusive location of Via dei Coronari right behind Piazza Navona, Relais Palazzo Taverna is set in a 15th-century palace.
Rooms are decorated with a modern design surrounded by traditional architectural style and feature modern amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, safe, minibar, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone, free WiFi, hairdryer, free courtesy set.
Small-size pets are welcome. Even though the building doesn’t have a lift, Relais Palazzo Taverna is still one of the favorite budget hotels in Rome.
Best budget hotels near Rome’s Termini Station
Residenza Cellini (Termini Station/Via Nazionale)
Located near the Termini train station and 5 minutes from the Terme di Diocleziano, Residenza Cellini is very close to the metro station, even though from here most of Rome’s landmarks are within walking reach.
All rooms are decorated in a classic 19-century style and feature air-conditioning, antiallergic mattresses, an electronic safe, a desk, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, tea-making facilities, and a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Suites and double rooms feature a Jacuzzi tub or hydro-jet shower.
The hotel includes an outdoor seating area for relaxing and among the services is a 24h reception service and the possibility to request breakfast in the room. The daily Italian breakfast is served buffet-style.
Gemme di Roma Accommodation (Termini Station)
This budget hotel is conveniently located in the Castro Pretorio area near Stazione Termini, so perfect if you are on a 1-night layover and need to take the train early morning.
While it might not be right next to famous landmarks (Piazza Barberini and Via Veneto are at least 15 minutes walk away), the area is very well-connected to all other neighborhoods via buses and metro, and there is a fantastic array of good restaurants. These include Rifugio Romano for both traditional dishes and plant-based food, and Come Il Latte for one of the best gelaterias in Rome. This is very convenient if you prefer to have dinner near your hotel.
Your room will feature air-conditioning/heating system, a private bathroom with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, a satellite flat-screen TV, a kettle, and a fridge. Other facilities include ironing equipment, a safe, and a closet. Upper rooms can be reached with the elevator.
The daily breakfast is fresh and abundant and is delivered to your room at your chosen time.
MEININGER Roma Termini (Termini Station)
Also located in the Castro Pretorio district, MEININGER Roma Termini is also a favorite budget hotel in Rome if you need to stay close to the city’s main train station. This is a no-frill 3-star hotel with rooms are fitted with all the basic facilities such as a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub.
Your accommodation will also include perks like a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and air-conditioning or heating system. Guests can wind down in the common lounge and bar.
The daily breakfast is buffet-style, continental, and quite diverse.
Even though not in the immediate city center, the location is extremely convenient, well-served by public transport (both buses and metro), rich in good restaurants, and boasting some Rome hidden gems I wouldn’t dismiss.
Especially if it’s not your first trip to Rome or you are staying a bit longer, you can afford exploring a bit off the beaten track and see fantastic sights. These include but are not limited to the rich collection of Roman and Greek classic art and finds in the Museo Nazionale Romano in the Diocletian Baths, and Michelangelo’s Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri Church.
Best budget hotels near the Vatican
Art Atelier Borgo (St. Peter’s Square/Vatican Museums)
Art Atelier Borgo Rome budget B&B is located in the lovely Borgo quarter close to St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums and part of the former Papal State ruling the city. This affordable accommodation in Rome near the Vatican provides basic services and facilities but really pretty much what you will need on your trip.
Your room will be clean, comfortable, and soundproof. You are going to have a private bathroom inclusive of a shower and a bidet. Among the room’s amenities, you will find a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning or heating system depending on the season, free WiFi, a minibar, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Every morning, your breakfast will be Italian style and your hosts are known to be very helpful should you have any extra needs.
Given the great position, their rates are very convenient. This cozy B&B in the Vatican area is sure to provide a great starting point for your daily sightseeing as well as a fantastic area to have dinner if you want to spend the evening close to your hotel.
Le Stanze di Orazio (Castel Sant’Angelo)
Stylish and elegant residence in the Prati neighborhood, Le Stanze di Orazio treats its guests with the comforts of a luxury hotel yet retaining much of the character and independence of a private home.
With the services of a luxury boutique hotel that won’t make you break the bank, Le Stanze di Orazio accommodation features rooms with free WiFi and a TV with channels in HD. Your accommodation will be fitted also with a kettle to boil water and a coffee machine, slippers, hypoallergenic bed linen, mattress, and pillows.
You will have a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower, a hairdryer, and a sophisticated courtesy set. The Deluxe rooms have the perk of a shower equipped with massage jets and fiber optic lighting by chromotherapy.
Upon request, the hotel also arranges the Roma Pass for its guests, a picnic basket for Villa Borghese, and luggage storage and transport on your last day in the city.
Very close to the Vatican, the nearest metro station is Lepanto and it’s within walking distance from the Hadrian Mausoleum and other major attractions in the city center.
Rome Armony Suites (Castel Sant’Angelo)
Set in the trendy Prati neighborhood, Rome Armony Suites lies between Vatican City and the shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo. This budget accommodation combines modern services and amenities for great prices.
Among the services guests of Rome Armony Suites enjoy are a 24h reception, free WiFi connection, and a central location. The soundproof rooms feature an LCD flat-screen TV, a safe, private bathroom with free toiletries, towels, and a hairdryer, air-conditioning, a desk, a kettle/coffee machine, and a minibar.
An excellent breakfast Italian-style is served daily.
The location is hard to beat as well-connected via public transport, many landmarks are within walking reach, and yet in the evening tranquil and trendy with nice restaurants and pubs.
Budget hotels in Rome near Fontana di Trevi (Piazza Venezia/Trevi Fountain)
Residenza Torre Colonna (Trevi Fountain/Piazza Venezia
An exclusive boutique residence, Residenza Torre Colonna is perfect for travelers who want to pamper themselves with modern comforts in the city center without breaking the bank.
Set in a medieval tower dating to 1247 to protect the residence of the Colonna noble family, Residenza Torre Colonna is a fascinating interplay of old and new. Here, in fact, state-of-the-art luxury perfectly blends with a precious piece of Roman medieval history, making your stay exclusive and unique.
All rooms feature free WiFi, LCD flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary coffee and tea, touch-screen computer, writing desk, minibar, and bathroom with either shower or whirlpool bathtub, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, and bathrobe.
A stone’s throw away from landmarks such as Piazza Venezia, the Trajan’s Markets, the Trevi Fountain, and the Coliseum, this accommodation is ideal for the cultural traveler interested in exploring the history of the city.
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Home in Rome Trevi (Trevi Fountain)
Home in Rome Trevi is a cozy guesthouse a stone’s throw from Fontana di Trevi. The location is really great as you are going to be in the heart of the the historical and artistic masterpieces, as well as a lively nightlife hub.
All rooms feature a private bathroom and basic facilities such as a wardrobe, a minibar, a kettle, a safe, and a flat-screen TV.
In low season, room rates can go even below 100€, which is pretty cool for the central location. But this is also why you shouldn’t expect a 5-star service. For example, the hotel doesn’t provide breakfast. Of course, wherever you are in Rome, it’s really not difficult to find a breakfast place. And if the first landmark of your day is Piazza Navona, how about you hold it and have breakfast in one of our truly favorite places, Coromandel!
Best Rome budget hotels in the Prati area
Residenza Vatican Suite (Via Cola di Rienzo/Lepanto)
Beautiful residence apartment located in the shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo in the lovely Prati neighborhood, a stone’s throw away from the Vatican. Residenza Vatican Suite is a perfect choice for a budget boutique hotel in Rome that ensures all the comforts without breaking the bank.
The area is well served by local public transport, even though you can reach most of the main Rome attractions by walking.
Decorated with minimalist and elegant decor, each room has different colors, from grey to red to turquoise, and they are all bright and welcoming. Among the facilities of the rooms are a fridge, a kettle, flat-screen TV, safe, soundproof windows, free WiFi, air-conditioning, and bathrooms with large showers and complimentary toiletries.
An excellent breakfast of fresh fruits, freshly baked cakes, and pastries, bread, toast, yogurt, coffee, a wide range of teas, ham, and cheese, is served daily.
Villa Laetitia (Piazza Mazzini/Lepanto/Flaminio)
Set in a building dating back to the early 20th century on the bank of the Tiber River, Villa Laetitia has been redecorated by Anna Fendi Venturini, one of the five Fendi sisters.
Each room boasts its own style, colors, and character, and most of them include a kitchen equipped with stove and fridge and a terrace. Among the amenities, all rooms feature air-conditioning/heating system, flat-screen TV with pay-per-view, cable and satellite channels, safe, desk, minibar, and a bathroom complete with towels, complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobe, and slippers. WiFi coverage is present in the whole building.
The hotel features also a Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca La Torre, that serves fine cuisine in a blend of tradition and innovation strictly using fresh and seasonal produce. Its wine list is one of the most appreciated in the city. For a relaxing afternoon, guests can enjoy a drink in the Piccolo Bar of the hotel.
By booking this elegant guesthouse, you will be close to Piazza Mazzini in the Prati area and after crossing the river, you will quickly get to Flaminio and Piazza del Popolo. Major Rome attractions are within walking reach and the area is well-connected via public transport, the nearest metro station to this budget hotel in Rome is Lepanto, line A.
Top budget hotels in Rome’s Aventine Hill
San Anselmo Hotel (Circus Maximus/Orange Gardens)
Located in the exclusive Aventine Hill area, the guests of Hotel San Anselmo enjoy a charming combination of modern and traditional in one of the best budget hotels in Rome.
The hotel, standing on Piazza di Sant’Anselmo in front of the namesake church, is a private villa turned into a beautiful accommodation resort in the 1960s.
All rooms feature free WiFi, air-conditioning, LCD TV with satellite channels, a minibar, a safe, a telephone, and soundproof windows. Beautiful marble bathrooms with shower or bathtub, complimentary toiletries, and a hairdryer complete the luxurious treat. The Deluxe Rooms feature a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub.
Among the hotel’s facilities are daily buffet-style breakfast, breakfast in the room with no extra charge, 24h front desk, bar and room service from 7 am to midnight, laundry service, tours with a private guide, wedding planning, babysitting, booking of car and scooter rentals, booking of restaurants and museums, and Shiatsu massage upon request.
Booking a stay at Hotel San Anselmo is the first step to an exclusive Roman holiday. Your resort will be close to the Coliseum, the Mouth of Truth, and the Aventine Keyhole with a view of St. Peter’s Dome.
Hotel Major Aventinus (Circus Maximus/Orange Garden)
Hotel Major Aventinus is a basic, no-frill hotel loacated in the heart of the romantic Aventine Hill quarter. Its position is probably one of its biggest perks because you can easily reach on foot the traditional Testaccio area and also Trastevere by crossing Ponte Sublicio bridge.
This is quite of a cheap accommodation in Rome, and its services and facilities reflect that. The rooms are all simple, very clean, and fitted with basic furnishing and facilities.
The staff is helpful to accommodate your needs and give you local insight. You can book a room with either a private bathroom or a shared one.
The breakfast is not included in the room rates, you need to pay an extra 7€ per person per day if you wish to have it in the hotel. It’s mainly an Italian-style breakfast with fresh pastries and coffee or tea.
Best budget hotels in Rome in the Monti/Celio neighborhoods
Hotel Lancelot (Colosseum/Roman Forum)
Located in the green Celio neighborhood a short stroll from the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Baths of Caracalla, Hotel Lancelot is a charming budget hotel in Rome.
Among the rooms’ facilities are a private en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, air-conditioning, safe, WiFi, and satellite TV. Some rooms enjoy a terrace or balcony. A rich breakfast buffet-style is served from 7 to 10 am and consists of cereals, jam, butter, cheese, croissants, fruits, bread, juices, coffee, and tea.
The hotel also features a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine for dinner, while for some relaxing time guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or at the outdoor patio.
Some of the services of the hotel include 24h front desk, luggage storage, laundry service, reservation of theater, museums, restaurants, and taxis, and the sale of metro and bus tickets.
Hotel Celio (Colosseum/Roman Forum)
Located in the very city center at less than 300 meters from the Coliseum and near San Clemente Basilica, Hotel Celio is your perfect budget accommodation in Rome if you want to save but still pamper yourself with a pleasant stay.
A fine decoration with mosaic floors and Renaissance-style frescoes welcomes guests into a traditional building while enjoying modern facilities.
The soundproof rooms feature large beds, a private bathroom with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, satellite, and cable TV, telephone, minibar, safe, and air-conditioning.
Superior rooms on the upper floor also have a Jacuzzi bathtub, as well as the Ambassador Suite on the first floor and the Pompeian Suite Penthouse that also feature Bang & Olufsen TV. A daily continental breakfast is included.
The hotel also has a beauty center and offers a treatment of choice between radiofrequency and electroporator to guests who book a stay of a minimum of 3 days.
Great Rome budget hotels in Trastevere
Hotel Santa Maria (Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica/Piazza Trilussa)
A lovely 3-star accommodation, Hotel Santa Maria is one of the favorite budget hotels in Rome. Located in Trastevere, a famous and trendy central neighborhood, this hotel features spacious rooms painted in soothing pastel colors and a tranquil garden.
Among our choices, this is the pricier hotel. Its price is due to the exclusive and very touristy location as well as the comforts and services provided. Which is what makes it one of the best-value hotels in Trastevere.
The rooms are furnished with oak wood and terracotta floor tiles and equipped with modern amenities such as a digital safety deposit box, tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar, air conditioning, and LCD satellite TV. The bathrooms feature a shower and a bathtub, complimentary toiletries, and a hairdryer.
In this affordable Rome hotel, you can also book a suite that can sleep from 4 to 6 people, so perfect for families. Some of the suites are on two levels, some feature a sitting area, and all are decorated with a minimalist and elegant style.
Among the services are daily breakfast, free WiFi, and free bicycles. Guests can also relax in the common areas of the rooftop garden and the hotel bar and lounge.
Livia B&B Trastevere (Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica/Tiber Island)
Livia B&B is a cozy bed and breakfast in Trastevere located near the Lungotevere and Ponte Cestio bridge connecting the neighborhood to Tiber Island.
Even though the area is extremely touristy and screams over-priced rooms, this lovely budget accommodation in Rome’s Trastevere is both affordable and well-fitted. All rooms feature a private bathroom inclusive of bathrobes and a shower.
Among the amenities you will enjoy at Livia B&B are also a microwave and a fridge, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. The daily morning breakfast is Italian-style. A nice perk of this B&B in Trastevere is a lovely terrace with a view of the neighborhood.
If you would rather pamper yourself with the highest quality of luxury and state-of-the-art comforts, check out our selection of top five-star hotels in Rome.
Best budget hotels in Rome’s Testaccio and Ostiense neighborhoods
B&B Easy (Ostiense)
If you fancy exploring a more modern side of Rome, then you will love staying in Ostiense. The price/quality ratio will be better than in the city center and you will be very well-connected to the other neighborhoods via buses, metro, and train. Plus, if you want to drive in Rome, Ostiense is not within the ZTL so you can circulate without restrictions.
B&B Easy is a pretty affordable bed and breakfast located close to the main Ostiense landmarks such as the Gazometer and all the vestiges of Rome’s industrial times, Centrale Montemartini museum, and Ostiense street art.
All rooms are modern and equipped with all the basic comforts and some trivial ones such as Netflix available with the flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a private bathroom while others have a shared one.
Guests can enjoy a shared kitchen and lounge. The daily breakfast is a basic Italian with sweet and savory options including cookies, toast, and coffee drinks. You will have breakfast in the kitchen where you can also store and cook your own food if you like it.
B&B Easy is close to many restaurants in Ostiense so perfect if you prefer to have dinner close to your accommodation and not having to travel too much.
Le Tre Sorelle a Testaccio (Testaccio/Pyramid)
If you are into a more traditional experience, then booking a hotel in Testaccio is a great choice. Here, you are not going to find many tourists and prices will be cheaper than in the city center.
Le Tre Sorelle a Testaccio is a cozy and well-fitted B&B in Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood. All rooms feature a private bathroom with shower, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, tea/coffee-making facilities, and heating system/air-conditioning.
The daily breakfast is Italian-style but pre-packaged. It’s included in the room, but if you fancy a fresh and scrumptious start of the day, nearby we suggest Linari, a fantastic pastry shop and bar that has recently made it as one of our favorite breakfast places in Rome.
The location is great because apart from being close to the main things to see and do in Testaccio, from here you can also easily reach Aventine Hill and Ostiense on foot, or the city center either by walking or with bus, metro, or train. And if you want to have a delicious meal near your room, the B&B is close to several great restaurants in Testaccio.